Sunday, October 25, 2015

Howling 6 Knot Winds

Andy David and Erin Abbot battle the 6 knot gales and 1-2 inch seas

Weather forecasts called for howling south winds blowing steady at 12 knots with gusts to 25 to start off the 2015 Barrington Frostbite season.  15 skippers, including 4 from Massapoag, bravely faced down the forecasts to make their way out to the course, which was bearing the full brunt of the 5-8 knot southerlies to start the 2015-16 Barrington Frostbiting season.

Leo Berendes and the Race Committee got 6 races off in good order, choosing simple windward-leeward courses which were easy to adjust as the wind clocked to the west.  The westerly track of the wind made for a good imitation of Massapoag conditions, with swirly winds, and many spots where there was no wind at al, which made some of the races real wild cards.

Results were all over the place, with 4 different skippers taking first place in the 6 races.  Ken Charles took the day with 15 points, beating Bill Brangiforte by a point.  Bernadette Levesque took first place in the B fleet. Bernadette also finished 7th overall.  Mark Stoughton took 10th overall, while John Houstle took first in the Masters division and 11th overall, and Marta Chlus took 13th.

Racing continues next week.  Full results will be posted on the Barrington Yacht Club web site.

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